BY ‘SEGUN ODEJIMI
It was a far from quiet week in Nollywood. After what seemed like a slow start, the industry was thrown into social media frenzy with the announcement of the Nigerian contingent to the City to City (Lagos) programme of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
However, while some were celebrating this feat, some were busy announcing what is probably the most pointless mobile application in the history of the human race.
Below are some of the things Nollywood taught us in the week gone by.
1. Nollywood needs more Niyi Akinmolayans. Think what you like about The Arbitration maker, there’s one thing you must admit – His passion for the industry he works in. While some are busy looking out for themselves and theirs only, Niyi is doing something noteworthy in trying to share what he knows with whoever cares. A quick visit to his blog will confirm this. Only last week too, the winner of his scriptwriting competition received his N100,000.00 prize. Not a lot of money in this Buhari economy the naysayers may say but question is: It’s still something, isn’t it?
He also organized a script writing workshop for the finalists of the competition. There are several other people like Niyi in the industry – filmmaker Chris Ihidero has organized a free storytelling workshop TWICE for over 70 young storytellers in the space of nine months – but we need more people, especially the older ones to start giving back and sharing what they know rather than hoarding them. Nollywood isn’t a competition.
2. Nollywood can now boast of one of the most pointless mobile apps in the history of human existence thanks to Mercy Aigbe. The actress launched the app during the past week after almost taking out our eardrums with how she is going to be the first Nigerian celebrity (thank God she used that word) to have an app. Congratulations on this groundbreaking, world-saving feat. Would you like a page in the Guinness Book of World Records too, Mercy?
Some people are celebrating TIFF selection, some are celebrating launching pointless apps. It is well.
3. Last week’s highpoint was the announcement of the Nollywood party heading to Toronto next month. Eight films – Okafor’s Law, Taxi Driver, Green White Green, The Arbitration, ’76, The Wedding Party, 93 Days, Just Not Married – will feature at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. This is something every Nollywoodian should be excited about. It is also a pointer to two facts: We are upping our game big time and the world is beginning to take note. Kudos.
4. Some people need to gag themselves as most times when they open their mouths, what comes out is 90% garbage and that is a very conservative estimate. We are already used to having to duck whenever Foluke Daramola speaks. Stella Damasus too. She topped herself last week when she claimed that haters’ comments put money in her bank account. But our award for last week’s mouth-runner goes to Opeyemi Aiyeola.
The actress, in a bid to sound intelligent told The Nation, “A man will only have the desire to sexually molest you if and when he sees you as just too loose and desperate.” So aunty, a woman’s seeming desperation is a licence for a man to consider molesting her? Jixox!
5. Many folks still cannot take criticism on the shin and that’s a worry for our growing industry. You know yourselves. You don’t have to agree with what critics say. Just unlook, jump and pass. Ehn?